Coordinator Odyssey ll (Substance Use Services)


START DATE: April 2021
REPORTS TO: Director Counselling and Support Services

Summary of Responsibilities

The Coordinator is responsible for the overall management of the Odyssey ll program. The Coordinator provides direction, support, and day-to-day supervision to the team of Youth Counsellors, ensuring that planning, coordination, documentation, reporting, program development, and evaluation are done in a timely and appropriate manner. Up to half of the Coordinator’s time is spent providing direct counselling support to youth. The Coordinator also acts as the Site Safety Officer for Odyssey ll.

Job Duties

  • Coordinates the day to day operations of the Odyssey ll program and assists in the development and implementation of all program plans, goals/objectives, policies, and procedures.
  • Ensures that services are effectively and efficiently delivered in accordance with BGC’s mandate, the program’s mandate and all policies and other legal and budgetary requirements.
  • Provides strong team leadership through role modeling, support, and communication with the goal of building effective working relationships.
  • Provides day to day supervision of the counselling team, including the clinical supervision of their work with youth.
  • Assists with the recruitment and on-boarding of Counsellors and is responsible for ongoing performance management. Participates in problem solving any personnel issues with staff.
  • Ensures all contract deliverables are met or exceeded.
  • Assists in the development of program annual budget ensuring ongoing monitoring and tracking of expenses in accordance with the requirements of the finance department and program funder.
  • Represents BGC in the community and ensures a good working relationship is maintained with community and other external stakeholders.
  • Safeguards clients’ rights (including confidentiality) and quality assurance of programs by ensuring that “best practices” are always met and maintained by program staff.
  • Ensures that program and client records, are accurate, maintained and completed in conformance with the organization, funder, and accreditation standards.
  • Works with the Director to ensure that all reports to funders are completed and submitted in a timely manner.
  • Provides direct counselling support to youth.
  • Other related duties as required.


  • Clean Criminal Record Check (Vulnerable Sector)
  • B.S.W. or B.A. in relevant social science program and a minimum of two years direct program delivery experience (working with youth who use substances, experience homelessness, or are involved with the justice system or MCFD).This position must meet all other qualifications of a Youth and Family Counsellor position.
  • Professional knowledge such as Drug and Alcohol, Suicide prevention and Intervention, Child and Youth Abuse and Neglect, etc.
  • Knowledge of adolescent development, and family dynamics.
  • Working knowledge of counselling, assessment and intervention strategies related to substance abuse, suicide prevention, abuse and neglect of children and youth, etc.
  • Positive attitude toward resolution of substance abuse issues within a biopsychosocial framework.
  • Experience leading and supervising a team (preferably within a substance abuse outreach services setting).
  • Flexible, self-motivated team player.
  • Experience in assessment and documentation.
  • Knowledge of and sensitivity towards cultural, religious and gender-based diversity issues.
  • Computer literate, using a variety of software.
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to set goals and prioritize.
  • Must exhibit personal maturity and sound judgment, having excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to find creative, collaborative, positive solutions to challenges and deal tactfully with sensitive issues.
  • Valid first aid certificate.
  • A clear driver’s abstract and use of a reliable vehicle insured for business use ($2 million liability).

Additional Assets:

  • A demonstrated working knowledge of specific community-based programs and related provincial and community support service systems, applicable legislation and policies on issues related to assigned programs and services.
  • Knowledge of services for adolescents in general and substance abuse specifically.
  • A valid BC Class 4 driver’s license or willingness to obtain within 6 months.


Thanks in advance to all persons who apply for this position. Please note that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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